Heart to Heart Nurses

Heart to Heart Nurses

Heart to Heart Nurses is brought to you by the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. Each episode will provide you with knowledge and tools you can apply to the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease across the lifespan.


April 16, 2024 35 mins

Ruth-Alma Turkson-Ocran PhD, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, CNE and Maria Bonanni CRNP discuss renal denervation treatments for resistant hypertension, including case studies. 


Renal Denervation FDA Approval: https://www.healio.com/news/cardiology/20231120/fda-approves-second-renal-denervation-device-to-treat-hypertension



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One in two US adults has a hypertension diagnosis, yet not all hypertension is the same. Learn from guests Yvonne Commodore-Mensah PhD, MHS, RN and Ruth-Alma Turkson-Ocran PhD, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, CNE about primary/essential, secondary, and resistant hypertension, including the definition, diagnosis, and treatments, as well as the impaact of nonadherence. Access to care, home versus clinic readings, and team-based care are al...

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Effective strategies for maximizing both inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehab are discussed by guest Jonathan David, MSN, RN, EBP-C, CCRP, NE-BC, AACC. Highlights include using a team-based approach, engaging patients in shared decision-making, providing a continuum of care that maximizes patient outcomes, and advocating for cardiovascular care.

PCNA Patient Education tool: Leaving the Hospital After Your Heart Attack...

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While cancer survivorship rates continue to improve, there are CVD-related complications for patients before, during, and after cancer treatment. Guests Chelsea Kriesberg, DNP, CPNP-AC, CCRN, and Lisa Nodzon, PhD, APRN, AOCNP, describe the intersection of cancer and cardiovascular disease across the lifespan. Collaborative, team-based, and life-long care is illustrated in through a case-based discussion.

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Treating inflammation in cardiovascular disease includes helping patients to understand the safety and efficacy of prescription and over-the-counter products. Joseph Saseen, Pharm D, FNLA, CLS discusses best practices in clinical decision-making, mechanisms of action , and guideline-based evidence for various anti-inflammatory medications.

2023 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Patients with Chronic Coronary Disea...

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Excess fat cells have the potential to cause more than 200 other obesity-associated disorders, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Guest Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, FOMA, discusses effective communication strategies, resources, and treatments to assist patients with overweight and obesity live their healthiest life.

STOP Obesity Alliance: https://stop.publichealth.gwu.edu/

Canada Obesity Alliance res...

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February 6, 2024 19 mins

[CE contact hours--see below.] While cardiac rehabilitation can reduce disease progression, these programs are significantly underutilized. Learn from guest Robert Scales, PhD about strategies for improved patient health, including using a combination of well-planned facility- and home-based exercise.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation: (ACVPR): aacvpr.org

CE LINK: pcna.net/online-cou...

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What is the role of a nurse navigator--whether or not that is your job title? Guest Susan Bush, RN, BSN, CCRP, FPCNA, describes how these individuals can help patients with heart failure and other diseases find information, resources, support, and much more. 

PCNA heart failure resources for patients: https://pcna.net/clinical-resources/patient-handouts/heart-failure-tools-and-handout/

PCNA heart failure resourc...

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Team-based cared for patients with heart failures and related comorbidities is an effective management practice, helping support patients in both inpatient settings and beyond. Guest Anita Rich, DNP, RN, CHFN, CDCES, describes how to instill confidence in team members, be an effective change agent, and inspire hope in these complex patients. 

PCNA membership: https://pcna.net/member-center/join-pcna/

Heart Failu...

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Caring for yourself can help you in your role of helping others. Learn strategies to nurture well-being in your daily life, and the ripple effects that can positively influence those around you, including in the workplace. Guest: Keith Jones, MA, BS

Tips for embracing joy in daily life: https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/tips-for-embracing-joy-in-daily-life

Joy in the Workplace:...

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What are the latest guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart failure (HF)? Guest Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, discusses new HF classifications, diagnostic strategies including BNP measurement, the four pillars of HF medications, and overcoming barriers to ensure the most effective treatment for our patients..

Four pillars: 2022 AHA/ACC/HFSA Guideline for the Management of Hea...

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December 5, 2023 19 mins

The prevalence of mental health issues is greater in patients with cardiovascular disease than the general population--but do you know what to look for? Guest Valerie Hoover, PhD, discusses the connection of both positive and negative psychological factors on cardiac outcomes, the importance of symptom recognition, and how regular screening for depression using a validated tool can make a significant difference for patient...

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November 21, 2023 23 mins

Learn about advocacy actions that you can take every day, and the importance of nurses sharing their voices on issues that matter. Guest Lynne Braun, PhD, CNP, CLS, FAHA, FPCNA, FAAN, describes how to get involved, and shares examples of engagement that made a difference.

PCNA Advocacy Toolkit https://pcna.net/about/advocacy/advocacy-toolkit/

PCNA Advocacy https://pcna.net/about/advocacy/

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One in two U.S. adults has an elevated blood pressure, and for those that have hypertension, only one in four have it controlled. Guest Janet Wright, MD, FACC, describes the critical role nurses play in detection and management, strategies, and resources to help health care professionals and patients partner on accurate blood pressure monitoring.

PCNA Patient Education Resources: https://pcna.net/clinical-resources/pati...

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Guests Gwen Klinkner, DNP, RN, BC-ADM, CDCES, FADCES, and Melissa Magwire, RN, MSN, CDCES describe how to help patients with diabetes navigate behavior change principles to achieve glucose management including nutrition and exercise. They also examine pharmacotherapies for weight loss with glucose-lowering medications.

CE Link: pcna.net/podcast/euglycemia

SURMOUNT Trials: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NE...

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Nancy Albert, APN, and Rimsky Denis, MD discuss current studies in ASCVD risk reduction for patients with--or at risk for--Type 2 Diabetes. Thay also describe strategies for shared decision-making in clinical practice for managing both cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 

CE LINK: pcna.net/podcast/understanding-and-reducing-cardiovascular-and-cardiometabolic-risks

American Heart Association, aha.org


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The available novel diabetes therapies and their impact on cardiovascular and cardiometabolic risk reduction are discussed by guests Chris Memering, MSN, RN, CDCES, BC-ADM, FADCES, and Sun Kim, MD. A particular emphasis on GLP-1 receptor agonists, and the patients for whom they are guideline recommended, as well as ongoing research are also covered.

CE LINK: pcna.net/podcast/novel-diabetes-therapies-in-cvd-risk-reductio...

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Utilizing team- and patient-based care makes a significant impact on our patients, including those with hypertension and diabetes. Guest Thomas Hinneh, MScIH, BScN, RN, shares his experience and inspiration from his work in Ghana, with takeaways we all can utilize in clinical practice.

PCNA diabetes tools for patients: https://pcna.net/clinical-resources/patient-handouts/diabetes-tools-and-handouts/

PCNA diabetes resources f...

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October 3, 2023 19 mins

Take 1 minute to tell us what you think about this episode: pcna.net/PSVTeval

Guest Mary Janette Sendin, MSN, APRN-CNS, CCNS, PCCN describes traditional pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options for PSVT such as vasovagal technique. Janette also discusses current research into treatment options.

ESC Guideline: Brugada J, Katritsis DG, Arbelo E, et al. 2019 ESC Guidelines for the management of patients wit...

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Take 1 minute to tell us what you think about this episode: pcna.net/PSVTeval

Guests Mary Janette Sendin, MSN, APRN-CNS, CCNS, PCCN, and Daniel Weinstein discuss the patient journey for those with PSVT, and the challenges that can delay diagnosis for some individuals. The importance of patient-centered care in the healthcare setting and beyond is also part of the conversation.

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